verb (used with object)

  1. to set forth conspicuously or publicly; display; proclaim: The pickets blazoned their grievances on placards.
  2. to adorn or embellish, especially brilliantly or showily.
  3. to describe in heraldic terminology.
  4. to depict (heraldic arms or the like) in proper form and color.


  1. an escutcheon; coat of arms.
  2. the heraldic description of armorial bearings.
  3. conspicuous display.

verb (tr)

  1. (often foll by abroad) to proclaim loudly and publicly
  2. heraldry to describe (heraldic arms) in proper terms
  3. to draw and colour (heraldic arms) conventionally


  1. heraldry a conventional description or depiction of heraldic arms
  2. any description or recording, esp of good qualities

“coat of arms,” late 13c., from Old French blason (12c.) “a shield, blazon,” also “collar bone;” common Romanic (cf. Spanish blason, Italian blasone, Portuguese brasao, Proven├žal blezo, the first two said to be French loan-words); of uncertain origin. OED doubts, on grounds of sense, the connection proposed by 19c. French etymologists to Germanic words related to English blaze (n.1).


1560s, “to depict or paint (armorial bearings),” from blazon (n.) or else from French blasonner. Earlier as “to set forth decriptively” (1510s); especially “to vaunt or boast” (1530s), in this use probably from or influenced by blaze (v.2).

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